17 Once-Illegal Activities That Are Now Perfectly Mainstream

Many activities that were at one time deemed illegal are now perfectly accepted in our modern society. What are these activities? You’ll find 17 of them in this article.

Alcohol Consumption

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According to the Khan Academy, prohibition was a nationwide ban on the sale and import of alcoholic beverages that lasted from 1920 to 1933 in the U.S. Things have changed a lot since then, as nowadays, merchants can sell alcohol to anyone in the U.S. over the age of 21.

Interracial Marriage

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NPR says that interracial marriage was made legal in the 1967 Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia. There, the Supreme Court bypassed Virginia’s state law and ruled that the banning of interracial marriage was a violation of the 14th Amendment. Interracial marriage is now very common in the U.S.

Euthanasia

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Assisted dying used to be illegal in many countries around the world, but according to NBC, euthanasia is currently legal in seven countries: Canada, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Luxembourg, Colombia, and New Zealand.

Gambling

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Gambling has been banned for years in different lands throughout the world. Currently, most countries allow gambling and have casinos in various places and online apps for players to choose if they would like to gamble outside or from the comfort of their homes.

IVF Treatment

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The Fertility Center of San Antonio says that the first IVF baby was born in the United States due to the efforts of Howard and Georgeanna Jones in 1981. IVF was not immediately legalized in other countries around the world, but since its success, it has increased in popularity.

Abortion

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The Planned Parenthood Action Fund says that it wasn’t until 1970 that the state of New York legalized abortion. Abortion is now legal in many parts of the world. However, the act of aborting an unborn baby continues to be a very controversial topic, on which many have conflicting views.

Adultery

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In times past, it was frowned upon and illegal for someone to commit adultery. Nowadays, adultery is still seen in a bad light, but it is something that many couples expect to happen at some point in their marriage. Terms like “having an affair” make adultery seem less serious.

Taking Birth Control

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Birth control is another example of something that was illegal but now isn’t. Superdrug Online Doctor says in Japan, the birth control pill was illegal until 1999. In the U.S., birth control became legal in 1965. The pill has since been legalized in many countries around the world.

Cohabiting

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Laws prohibiting cohabitation (or living with a partner without being married) were very strict until the 1970s. Cohabiting is still technically illegal in many parts of the world, but most people bypass these laws and live with their partner until they decide to either get married or break up.

Blaspheming

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In the past, blasphemy was a criminal offense that one could get into serious trouble for. But times have changed, and laws on freedom of speech have come into action. But similar laws against blasphemy remain to this day in some very religious countries around the world.

Voting

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Women haven’t always had the right to vote like they do now in many countries around the world. In the past, it was illegal for a woman to vote in an election. The 19th Amendment granted women’s suffrage, also known as the right of women to vote in elections.

Cursing on TV

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Profanity on TV used to be something you would never hear before the 1970s. But during the 1970s, minor curse words started to become acceptable for someone to say on TV, and profanity has increased and intensified in severity since then.

Working On Sunday

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For many religious people around the globe, working on a Sunday was something that was considered a sin and was completely against the law. But society has changed, even in countries with very strict moral values. Many of these countries no longer have these restrictions.

Pregnancy Discrimination

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Before the PDA (Pregnancy Discrimination Act) came into effect and amended the previous civil rights laws, pregnant women were often discriminated against and treated unfairly in the workplace. The act now protects women against discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or any related medical conditions.

Public Affection

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Many religious countries around the world have laws against showing affection to your partner in public. These include hugging, kissing, and other displays of affection. But since these social norms have slackened in many cultures around the world, even the strictest countries have become more tolerant of public affection.

Divorce

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In the past, getting a divorce was an act that was illegal or very restricted in many societies around the world. But the world is changing, and although getting a divorce is still complicated and expensive in many countries, it is not illegal and is accepted.

Marijuana

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Smoking marijuana in some countries around the world has always been an illegal act. However, many countries are loosening their laws, allowing a person to have a small amount of marijuana that one would consider to be for personal use only.

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